Villa Sandi Cuvée Oris 

LCBO#: 738542
Price: $16.75
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: Villa Sandi SPA
Year: 2015

A beautiful presentation with the unique bottle and classy label. Apple and grape aromas with some banana notes and hints of melon. All good from there, but the taste brings this down a notch. Starts milder, but does get a little stronger. Not much in there though. Alcohol, apples, light honey and some yeast in the finish. Dry, yes, but not much else in this one. Ok, if you like a mild tasting bubbly.

Rating: 3.3/5

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Mausberg Crémant d’Alsace

LCBO#: 171785
Price: $17.95
Made in: Alsace, France
By: Sica Baron De Hoen

This Crémant d’Alsace has a huge warm head that has good retention for a Sparkling. Beautiful fruity aromas from the grapes, well-balanced with the light yeast and some citrus notes. Nicely dry in the finish. Again, the grapes, citrus and mild yeast for taste. Well-blended between the fruitiness and sourness. This is quite a nice bubbly all-around. Would definitely have again.

Rating: 4.2/5

Villa Maria Lightly Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc

LCBO#: 429969
Price: $17.95
Made in: Marlborough, New Zealand
By: Villa Maria Estates Ltd.

A New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that is lightly bubbly. The aromas are full of fruitiness showing off the grapes of summer. Seems very sweet, but the taste does not show this as much. Citrus flavours with hints of vanilla. Still rich compared to a Sparkling and the yeast is better hidden. Also, the bubbles are not as tiny and abbondant. Crisp, fruity and refreshing for the warm season. Quite nice!

Rating: 3.7/5

Pelee Island Ecco VQA

LCBO#: 225946
Price: $14.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Pelee Island Winery

This Canadian bubbly seems like a blend of Pinot Blanc and Auxerrois. Big orange nose at first, but when this calms down, the yeast mixes with the grapes to give this a fancy cheese hint. The taste has this little unbalacement with the yeast and fruity notes. The mouthfeel has a sharpness to it, almost bitter in the middle. The dryness is medium with all of this. Becomes a little too sweet with time. Bottle labels are fun and in a party mode at least.

Rating: 2.8/5

Stellina Di Notte Prosecco DOC

LCBO#: 485359
Price: $15.95
Made in: Veneto, Italy
By: V.N.P. Valsa Nuovo Perlino SPA

Classy sparkling bottle with simplistic label. This Italian Bubbly has loads of green apples with the grapes and hints of pears, bubblegum. Fruity flavours from the grapes and apples, but not to sweet. Mild dryness with yeast in the finish, lingering. Nutty notes because of this. First sip showed lots of yeast, but gets better as it goes. Not bad at all, but some better out there for the price.

Rating: 3.3/5

Cygnus Organic Brut Nature Cava

LCBO#: 352856
Price: $16.95
Made in: Barcelona, Spain
By: U Mes U Fan Tres

This Spanish Organic Sparkling available in the Vintages section at the LCBO, is composed of Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo varietals. Fruity aromas of apples and pears. The taste is more on the sour side of things. Less fruity in the mouth, but some of the grapes. Tarty mouthfeel, but not much almonds notes from the yeast. Pretty good overall, kind of forgetting this is an organic wine. Vell worth the price. 

Rating: 3.7/5

Sieur d’Arques Première Bulle Brut

LCBO#: 497727
Price: $18.95
Made in: Roussillon, France
By: Sieur D’Arques SAS

A French Bubbly in a green bottle with some pink colours that make this one stand out. Yeasty nose that blends well with the fruitiness of the grapes giving out apple notes with hints of soft vanilla. A nice dry mouthfeel. So well balanced between the fruity sweetness, the mild sourness and some peppery flavours. All-around, a very good Sparkling that is well-worth the price. Would definitely purchase again. A must try.

Rating: 4.3/5